sambucus

noun

sam·​bu·​cus sam-ˈb(y)ü-kəs How to pronounce sambucus (audio)
1
capitalized : a genus of trees or shrubs of the honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae) that bear flat clusters of small white or pink flowers and that include the elderberries
2
: the dried flowers of either of two elderberries (Sambucus canadensis or S. nigra) formerly used especially in the form of an infusion as a mild stimulant, carminative, and diaphoretic but of little medicinal effect

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“Sambucus.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/sambucus. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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